A campaign has been launched to demand the release of Sheikha Latifa, the daughter of the ruler of Dubai, after a picture of her with a member of her family appeared in Iceland.
The photo was posted on Instagram on Monday by a British woman who previously appeared in pictures with Sheikha Latifa.
But it is unclear to what extent Sheikha Latifa, who has not spoken publicly, is acting of her own free will.
The BBC aired videos earlier this year in which Sheikha Latifa said she was being held by her father.
This sparked an international outcry, with the United Nations calling for proof that the 35-year-old was still alive.
But since then several pictures of her have appeared. The photos were published by Sneid Taylor, who also appeared in a picture with Sheikha Latifa in June believed to have been taken at Madrid airport.
And other pictures of Latifah appeared in a shopping mall and restaurant in Dubai.
The “Free Latifa” or “Free Latifa” campaign issued a statement on Monday, confirming that the princess had met her cousin, Marcus Al-Sabri, in Iceland. Al-Sabri is the third person in the picture.
“After the meeting… it was decided that the most appropriate step at this time would be to close a nice liberation campaign,” the statement read.
“The main objective of the campaign was to see Latifa live the life she chooses for herself. It is clear that we have come a long way towards this goal,” the statement added.
“It was a moving and emotional reunion,” Al-Sabri said.
“I feel lucky to have spent some time with her. It is reassuring to see her so happy, healthy and focused on her plans,” he added.
In a tweet, David Haye, co-founder of the “Liberate Latifa” campaign, thanked those who supported the campaign.
Latifa, one of Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum’s 25 children, tried to flee Dubai in February 2018.
In a video clip recorded shortly before her departure, she said her life was severely restricted. “I haven’t left the country since 2000. I demanded a lot to travel, study and do anything normal. They wouldn’t let me,” she said.
But her attempt to escape failed. After eight days of a cruise in the Indian Ocean, the ship was tracked down and stopped by special forces who forcibly returned Latifa to Dubai.
Her father later said he considered it a “rescue mission”.
In February, the BBC’s Panorama program broadcast videos, which were secretly recorded by Sheikha Latifa and passed on to friends abroad, in which she talks about being caught and imprisoned after her return to Dubai.
She said she was being held alone without access to medical or legal assistance in a villa with closed windows and doors, guarded by the police.
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